The possibility of “pop-up train stations” being installed in the North-east has been put to the Scottish Government.
The Aberdeen Greens have proposed the creation of the temporary stations, which they hope would bolster public transport in the area.
Those behind the call want to see the stations at Newtonhill, Kittybrewster and Bucksburn, which are all located along existing rail tracks.
The Scottish Greens agreed to a £2 million “pipeline” fund with the Scottish Government, in order for the party to back the 2018/19 budget proposed by the minority government.
The fund, which finance secretary Derek Mackay agreed to consider, would be used to develop new train stations and lines – prompted by the Greens’ concern there were no new rail projects.
Aberdeen Greens co-convener Guy Ingerson hopes pop-up stations could show a move away from old transport policies.
He said: “People in these three areas are well aware of the benefit that would come from having access to the rail network, as well as the economic opportunities new train stations could bring.
“With the new fund Scottish Greens have obtained, people in North-east Scotland can now put their proposals forward for a new station and I look forward to working with them to see that happen.
“Pop-up stations would be a first step towards reversing the legacy of the transport policies of the 1960s when rail lines were ripped up and the car was made king.
“They would enable market testing of new stations and allow more robust business cases to be developed by local stakeholders.
“Astonishingly, since the Scottish Government’s transport agency Transport Scotland was created back in 2006, it has not committed to a single new rail reopening anywhere in the country and it’s not for the want of options.”
A number of potential stations across Scotland have already been discussed by the party.
As well as stations in the North-east, the party is also looking at 14 other stations in areas across the country, including Evanton in Easter Ross, Wormit and Newburgh in Fife, South Ayr and several in east Ayrshire.
A Transport Scotland spokeswoman said: “Transport Scotland is supportive of the development of new and innovative initiatives which deliver benefits for passengers, freight customers and local communities.
“We are aware of the proposal for pop-up stations and are giving it consideration.”
The creation of temporary stations would help make the case for permanent new stations being created in the areas proposed and would serve as market tests in the community.